We like to have our cake, and eat it too. This is probably why you won’t see any of us competing in the Crossfit Games during ESPN2’s late night programming anytime soon. Where you WILL catch us though, is at events like the recent high-performance driving event at Palm Beach International Raceway, put on by our friend Tony and the crew at The HPDE.
Yes, you. The enthusiast. Our fans. The guy reading this in Starbucks when he knows full well he should be studying for finals.
Thank you to our supporters, and yes, even to our detractors.
We initially threw our support behind concept of The BMW Event because we believed in it. The mission presented was enormous: Organize and publicize the largest gathering of BMW owners the Southeast region had ever seen.
We were skeptical, but optimistic; the potential was obvious and we anticipated a good turnout…but what we experienced at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, April 25, 2015 blew us – and everyone involved in the planning, marketing, and execution of the event – completely away.
In total, there were over 500 BMWs, more than 1,000 attendees, and dozens of sponsors and vendors offering everything from free wheel sets to detailing services, to a mobile dyno. The hype was real…but these are the 7 ways that the inaugural ‘ The BMW Event’ lived up to, and even surpassed it: Read More
A few weeks ago, we had a customer contact us regarding his E60 BMW M5. He expressed to us that he had been contemplating whether or not to bite the bullet and replace the V-10 S85’s bearings after seeing and hearing of the horrible aftermath that can ensue should they fail. With 114K miles on the M5’s odometer, we strongly urged him to bring “El Guapo” in before he saw the same catastrophic failure other unfortunate //M-powered cars have previously experienced. Learn More
You’re one in a million.
We really mean that – we’re not just saying it so you’ll be our friend. You are one out of one million BMW owners within 12 hours of our home base in Miami, FL. And while being an individual is important, sometimes it can also be lonely. That’s why we’re inviting you – and the million who share your passion and enthusiasm down to Homestead-Miami Speedway on April 25, 2015.
We’re glad you asked. We may not have a million reasons – but here are five that should convince you not to miss The BMW Event.
There is a reason we use one year as a significant measurement of time. A great many things can happen over the course of a single rotation around our sun. Journeys are began and completed. We as individuals grow older and wiser. Taylor Swift blows through dozens of relationships and corresponding hit singles.
A year can be used as an assessment of progress. For Ira Schacter and his S65-powered ’33 hot rod project, progress was certainly evident. In fact, it has been over a year since the idea first made the leap from dream to reality – a reality that included some trials and obstacles that Ira could not have possibly predicted at its onset. Despite this, Ira is having the time of his life. Learn More
Another year has passed and it’s hard to not be just a little sentimental. 2014 has been a fruitful year filled with great accomplishments. Instead of listing every single thing we have achieved, we decided to save you the boredom of reading an endless essay of accomplishments and instead we’ll list our top 3. We will also be saving our biggest and most exciting accomplishment for last. So fasten your seat belts because we are about to speed through a year at Active Autowerke.
3. E9X performance header for the N51/N52 motor- We still have some tricks up our sleeves.
This is a development that we are particularly proud of. The Active Autowerke BMW E9X Performance Header is designed specifically for the BMW N51/N52 motor to increase exhaust flow without losing power which can sometimes be tricky. These headers are developed to create optimum flow and eliminate restrictions that rob you of horsepower.
Made out of 100% 304 stainless steel, our header is race ready. After many dyno runs we have recorded only positive results and were able to achieve 20+WHP over stock.
A lot of time and effort was focused on the actual fitment of the exhaust header due to tight constraints. A designated engine jig was made to fit these headers. So when you order your header, you’ll rest easy knowing every Active Autowerke exhaust header was pre-fitted on the engine jig for precise fitment.
This power producer is in short supply, so if you’re interested you’ll need to contact us ASAP!
2. Project European E36 M3- A.K.A the project to end all projects!
This project may sound familiar, and that is because we have gone into great detail about it in our previous blogs. This Euro M3 came to us from the Caribbean and as you may already know, it isn’t very chilly down there. That is why the owner of the car wanted to install an A/C system. Now let us remind you this is a European car, so there is no A/C system. This was one of our most challenging projects to date and one of the most memorable! If installing A/C wasn’t impressive enough, this BMW also has one of our Euro M3 supercharger kits.
If you’re interested in the entire process that went into installing the A/C click here.
1. Developing a full exhaust for the F80 M3- One that actually ROARS!
Imagine you are a child and someone shows up at your doorstep and hands you the newest toy on the block. What are you going to do with it? Play with it! We experienced a similar situation when Anthony Semaan showed up at our doorstep with a shiny new BMW F80 M3. He was a man with a dream, that dream being to own the first Active Autowerke designed exhaust for the F80 M3. We weren’t about to stand in the way of a mans dreams, so we got to work.
When faced with a challenge, we are always ready to face it head on. After some research and development, we have come up with what we believe is the best performing and sounding F80 M3 exhaust on the market. After multiple dyno runs, we were able to achieve 20+WHP gains over stock with our rear and mid-section exhaust.
If you’d like to see it in action on the dyno click here.
Another year of playing with power has passed, and we’ve achieved some amazing performance results. Thank you to all who have followed us throughout 2014 and welcome to all who wish to “Come Play with Power” in 2015. A happy and prosperous New Year to all!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a BMW 128i with a custom Karl Hugh tune! It may be unconventional, but here at Active Autowerke we thrive on a hands-on approach to achieve considerable gains. When our Software Engineer Karl Hugh creates a tune for a customer, he takes a more personal approach to bring them the results they desire.
Karl was recently approached by a driver named Kyle Herbst, who was faced with a dilemma. No one had a setup for a 128i that would make it nationally competitive in the Sports Car Club of America Autocross. There was little information on what tires, wheels, or suspension to use and it was becoming too much of a head ache for Kyle to handle alone. That’s when Karl stepped in to lend a hand.
Little information has been gathered on how to tune the N51 engine safely, so Karl was faced with a challenge when it came to the drivers tune. More attention to detail had to be paid, so Karl was in constant contact with Kyle. This is where the Kyle experienced just how hands-on we are, which made it easy for Karl to seem like a close friend.
Immediately it seemed like the N51 with the 3-stage DISA manifold had encountered some kryptonite. It had issues with torque surging in low RPM loads and lacked the upper band pull, even though BMW claimed the same power gains as the N52. Karl never shies away from a challenge and was able to tweak the tune with some email correspondence. Kyle noticed a night and day difference stating that throttle response was much more predictable and linear. The “dead pedal” feeling was removed, and low-end torque was increased significantly.
The car was now running as if it had rolled off the factory assembly line. It appeared to pull harder through the RPM range and the OEM “dipping” from the 3-stage DISA valve was not felt like prior. If these testimonials aren’t enough, maybe the numbers will do the trick. Dyno runs measured 218WHP at 200 ft-lbs of torque.
Kyle was ready for the races. In a class dominated by Scion’s, Subaru’s, Mazda’s and other such non-German cars, this BMW was unique to its STX class. The car placed 1st out of 11 in the Toledo ProSolo race and 8th out of 24 in the ProFinale final standings for the year.
Despite these impressive standings, Kyle is too ambitious to stop at just an Active Autowerke tune. After catching wind of our new Active Autowerke E9X performance header, he knew he had to be next in line to get his hands on it. Karl is certainly up to the challenge of creating an even faster BMW for his new friend Kyle.